President Muhammadu Buhari, while in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, said efforts would be intensified to expose those involved in drug trafficking and illegal trade in the country.
This was revealed in a statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity Garba Shehu.
While receiving leaders of the Nigerian Community in Saudi Arabia at the end of his Umrah trip to the country, the President assured that appropriate actions would be taken against drug traffickers.
He also urged Nigerians in diaspora to always provide information that will help the government to curb the menace.
President Buhari noted that the recent exposure of a network of drug dealers operating at one of Nigeria’s international airports, who were discovered to be tagging bags filled with drugs in the name of innocent passengers, called for expansion of searchlights.
“Every country has its own unpatriotic citizens. In China and Saudi Arabia, the laws are stringent on these things. Our citizens must obey our laws. They must respect the laws of other jurisdictions and if they don’t, then they should blame themselves, not the harsh laws that they meet,” President Buhari said.
“We have tried in the war against terrorism and citizens in the Northeast are our best witnesses. Agriculture is doing well, to the point that we are food self-sufficient, as a result helping the nation to save money on imports,” he added.
On the renewal of his mandate for a second term, President Buhari said he owed Nigerians a debt of gratitude.
According to him, “we are doing our best. I will continue to keep the trust of citizens. I am happy Nigerians have confidence in us. The crowds I witnessed in my campaign across the 36 states were not staged. No amount of money could have generated that enthusiasm. I assure everyone that I will continue to do my best. I will keep the trust of Nigerians.’’